How does a hybrid road bike work?

How does a hybrid road bike work?

21 Enero 2021

Hybrid road bikes are extremely versatile. They are ideal for urban transport on workdays, and on weekends for riding in the mountains or on terrain that is less than perfect as asphalt.

While many people prefer either an MTB or a road bike, hybrid bikes allow more freedom of use. Let's take a look at why they are better.

What are hybrid bikes

A hybrid bike is a bike that is halfway between a road bike and a mountain bike. It incorporates elements of both for versatility on different terrains, both on asphalt and dirt.

Hybrid bikes have some features that make them stand out. For example, they use double-height handlebars, similar to MTB handlebars, although there are models with trekking handlebars.

For its part, the frame tends to priorities comfort, and although it is possible to find hybrid models very similar to mountain bikes, it is also true that you can get them with a road bike frame.

In terms of gears, hybrids use multiple gears, with a wide range to facilitate climbs or to achieve a good speed on flat terrain. The vast majority use derailleur gears.

They include certain modifications
There are models of hybrid road bikes that let you transform it according to your needs. In other words, these models include changing rims.

For example, if you use the bike during the week to go to work or university, you simply ride with low-profile rims, which is good if you want to reach a certain speed.

And on weekends, you replace the rims with mountain tires, so you can ride smoothly over uneven terrain without sacrificing performance. Many models also come with mudguards that can be fitted to the bikes to protect your clothes from splashes.

More agile and lighter
Mountain bikes are usually much heavier. They are also characterized by robust tubes, which makes them extremely efficient for what they were made for: mountain biking.

Hybrid bikes, however, by incorporating only some of these elements, make the bike lighter and maintain performance in sandy, rocky or muddy terrain.

In other words, you keep your bike lighter but you can ride it in the mountains and ride almost professionally.

On the other hand, most hybrid models with front suspension have short ranges, which are ideal for terrain where there are long climbs without major difficulties.

Being lighter compared to an MTB, hybrid road bikes allow you to develop more momentum through pedaling power. On the downside, the same short travel is not as efficient on steep descents, because it does not absorb the bumps and shocks of the terrain very well.

28" wheels
Hybrid bikes have, or usually have, 700 mm or 28" wheels, the reference for road bikes. In terms of usability, they are very easy to move and also give a very pleasant feeling of comfort and are stable when turning.

Other characteristics
It is good for hybrid bikes to have mixed tires and pedals. In the case of bike rentals, you can check whether they are mixed or not depending on whether they allow you to use normal shoes and shoes with SPD cleats.

As for tires, there are plenty of tires on the market that offer the best performance so you can change them according to your routes. As they are easy to change, you can do it when you leave the asphalt and start riding on more difficult terrain.

The important thing is that you can achieve your goals on the hybrid bike, both in terms of reaching road speeds and in terms of strength to climb more difficult hills. The great thing about hybrid bikes is that you won't have to sacrifice anything.

How does a hybrid road bike work - Papagayo Bike

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